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Postgame notes: “That’s the way baseball is”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 26, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Phil Hughes wanted to stay in, but starters always want to stay in. Joe Girardi preferred the left-on-left matchup, but Girardi always likes the by-the-book matchup. Boone Logan said fatigue is not an issue, but relievers always say fatigue is not an issue.

“It was really tough (to watch),” Hughes said. “Not just from the standpoint of wanting to be out there, but also we wanted to win this game. It was a big game, so it was difficult.”

That seventh inning came down to three things, each one as important as the next.

Phil Hughes falling apart
“I threw a lot of pitches,” Hughes said. “You don’t really feel that in the moment. You try to go after guys the best you can.”

Until the seventh, Hughes seemed to be cruising to his team-leading 17th win of the season. He’d thrown just 73 pitches, allowed just four baserunners and been surprisingly good at keeping the ball in the infield. In that seventh, though, he threw 26 pitches and let the Twins load the bases on two singles and a walk. He fell behind the count 3-1 against Pedro Florimon before getting a strikeout on his final pitch of the night. He created the mess, but he was one out away from ending it.

“If anything, after getting a big strikeout, you gain a little adrenaline and really look forward to getting that last guy,” Hughes said. “But I don’t get paid to make those calls.”

Joe Girardi going to the bullpen
“It had been a struggle so far in that inning,” Girardi said. “He had had a walk, a long at-bat, a 3-2 count. Boonie had had a ton of success against Span and it didn’t work.”

Hughes had reached 99 pitches, and the Twins had four straight left-handers coming to the plate, beginning with Denard Span who had grounded out three times against Hughes earlier in the night. Span came into the game 2-for-5 with a walk in his career against Hughes. He was 0-for-4 with a walk in his career against Logan.

“Hughes still had good stuff, I thought,” Martin said. “It’s easy to look back and criticize after one of your lefties, who has been money all year, doesn’t get it done. The same thing could have happened to Hughes. Hughes could have gotten out of the inning or Boone could have gotten out of the inning as well. That’s the way baseball is.”

Boone Logan looking gassed
“I would say that’s a fair assessment,” Martin said. “We need a couple blowouts so we can get our guys some rest. We’re getting to that time in the season where everybody in the league is feeling it, but especially guys like Boone who have thrown a tremendous amount. They can definitely use a couple days where we score more than enough runs.”

This was Logan’s A.L.-leading 77th appearance of the season. His slider was bad. His first pitch bounced off the plate for a wild pitch. He faced four straight lefties and got only one of them out. It was only the second time since September 6 that a run scored while Logan was on the mound, but across the board his number have been significantly worse this month than last month (he’s kind of been on a good month, bad month cycle all year).

“This has been the strongest month since the beginning of the season that I’ve felt,” he said. “Been on a roll. We’ve all been on a roll, just hit a little bump in the road. … I like going in there in those situations. I’m upset, A: That we lost and B: That I gave up Phil’s runs. I had four lefties in a row to get out, and I only got one of them out. There’s no excuse. I just didn’t have my stuff tonight.”

• Alex Rodriguez had his left foot wrapped after the game. He fouled a ball off it tonight but said he “should be okay” in the morning.

• Martin said there was a fourth element to that four-run seventh inning that cost the Yankees tonight’s game: The wild pitch on Logan’s first offering of the night. It skipped off the plate, but Martin was mad at himself for letting it slip under his glove. “The plate’s been there for a long time,” he said. “I need to block the ball. … I just picked up my glove too soon and it went under my legs. It’s like Catching 101. Keep your glove down and we have a different ballgame.”

• Logan’s slider is usually his best pitch, and he said he felt the need to keep going to it tonight. His wild pitch, both hits he allowed, and his ball four were all sliders. “If I’m going to get beat, I want to get beat off my best pitch,” he said. “I don’t have any answers. I just had a bad night.”

• Speaking of the slider, after having success with his fastball earlier in the at-bat, Hughes went to his slider against Jamey Carroll in that seventh inning. That’s the pitch that Carroll hit for a single to load the bases. “He’s a guy that doesn’t really strike out that much,” Hughes said. “Maybe getting him to two strikes is easy, but you’re not going to put him away with a fastball. I throw one right under his neck, basically, and he fouled it off. So I thought, do I keep doing this and hope he grounds out, or do I throw a slider, which I had gotten him out the first time on? So I went with the slider, and he just hit it in the right spot.”

• Hughes on his fastball command tonight, which was especially good early. “Felt like it was pretty good,” he said. “I was missing over the plate a little bit, but I feel like my stuff was good enough, and I was attacking guys and being aggressive. I threw some pretty good changeups when I had to, and some pretty good sliders, but I live and die with the fastball. If I had that, it was going to be pretty good, and it was until that seventh inning.”

• Robinson Cano finally had a pretty good game with three hits, but Alex Rodriguez had another bad one going 0-for-4. “He hit two balls pretty decent today,” Girardi said. “He hit the ball to right center, he grounded out hard to short. It’s just what you go through as a hitter.”

• Derek Jeter’s hitting streak reached a season-high 19 games. It’s the longest active streak in the Majors and ties the third-longest of his career.

• Nick Swisher has homered in four of his past six games. … Russell Martin matched his single-season career high with his 19th home run of the year. … Andruw Jones hit his second pinch-hit homer of the season and the fifth of his career.

• Final word goes to Girardi: “You had an opportunity, and you could look at it the other way too. So we gotta come out and win the series tomorrow. … You know what’s in front of you and you know you have an opportunity to pick up another game, so yeah, it’s, you know. But you gotta move on.”

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73 Responses to “Postgame notes: “That’s the way baseball is””

  1. jacksquat September 26th, 2012 at 1:03 am

    “Boonie had had a ton of success against Span and it didn’t work.”

    Really? 0-4 is a ton of success??? Girardi is…. ugh! :mad:

  2. Purenyyankee September 26th, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Stump Girardi is a jackass. I’m tired of his binder mentality. This was a pathetic loss. Boone I come in to get lefties out, but I can’t Logan was disgraceful. Remember this meltdown if we blow the division.

  3. Captain Clutch September 26th, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Girardi makes no sense. The binder said to bring in a lefty to face the lefties…fine. But once it was obvious that Logan didn’t have anything why wasn’t a righty in the game?!?! After the second lefty of the inning reached base he should have been pulled. Girardi has been good recently about not letting relievers blow games but why was tonight different?!. He still doesn’t understand that a good righty is better than an average lefty who has nothing.

  4. Bo knows September 26th, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Stump Girardi is a jackass. I’m tired of his binder mentality. This was a pathetic loss. Boone I come in to get lefties out, but I can’t Logan was disgraceful. Remember this meltdown if we blow the division.

    —————–
    Venting is good.

  5. Bo knows September 26th, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Girardi has been good recently about not letting relievers blow games but why was tonight different?!. He still doesn’t understand that a good righty is better than an average lefty who has nothing.
    ———
    Obviously I don’t know, but I think after the double, Girardi just turned the page to tomorrow.

  6. Wang IS Taiwan September 26th, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Joe has always given up before the game is over. I hate that and I’ll betcha his players do too.

  7. MTU September 26th, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Last night was an optimist/pessimist test.

    The glass half full POV is that at least the O’s lost too.

    The glass half empty POV that we missed an opportunity.

    Take your pick.

    ;)

  8. MTU September 26th, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Look sharp tonight CC.

    We live or die by our Pitching.

    That’s the way it is.

  9. blake September 26th, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Hughes deserved better last night….he pitched very well and should have neen allowed to work out of that himself…..Ibanez cost him a run and so did Martin….

    Hopefully last night was a sign Cano is waking up…..they need him badly to.

    Need CC to repeat his last outing…..big game tonight as all the reat are. Have to take this one……

  10. MTU September 26th, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Good morning Blake.

    I think you may be right that it comes down the last 3 games of the season.

    TB and Boston might both get to play spoiler.

    Gotta think we have the edge there but who knows.

    I’m sure Boston would just love to take us down with them.

    TB isn’t going to roll over for the O’s.

  11. blake September 26th, 2012 at 7:40 am

    MTU,

    2 up with 8 to play is good…..3 would have been pretty comfortable but it is what it is….Boonie didnt get it done and thats that. How are you?

  12. MTU September 26th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Blake-

    Things are finally beginning to calm down a bit around here.

    Been a rough coupla months.

    We dodged a major bullet yesterday on a loved one.

    That’s life isn’t it. A roller coaster ride.

    How are things in your world ?

  13. blake September 26th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    MTU,

    Glad to hear that bud….things round here are hectic as usual…..but good nontheless…..If I was any better I couldnt stand it ;)

  14. MTU September 26th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Blake-

    That’s great to hear. Keep it up.

    If you have any to spare please send it my way.

    :)

  15. MTU September 26th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Time to walk the Pupperazzi.

    Later.

  16. disco stu September 26th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    “Last night was an optimist/pessimist test.

    The glass half full POV is that at least the O’s lost too.

    The glass half empty POV that we missed an opportunity.

    Take your pick.”

    Half full … Orioles lost, still 2 up in loss column, magic number gets reduced by 1 more game, one game fewer left on schedule.

    But it was a lousy game to lose … if we were 1 1/2 games behind and missed out on the opportunity to gain a game it would have hurt even more.

    But holy smoke, is there a manager who is truly the polar opposite of Joe Torre like Joe Girardi … whenever his “by the book” moves blow up in his face I just think back to when Joe T. let Andy Pettitte hit for himself up 1-0, with 2 outs in the 9 inning against Mark Wohlers with a runner on 3rd base and Tim Raines on the bench in Game 5 of the ’96 WS … I dont think in a million years Girardi would ever have the stones to do such a move.

  17. rl1856 September 26th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Logan is credited with a BS….but he shouldn’t have come into the game. To bad you can’t give an L to the manager because this loss was Girardi’s fault. He should have left Hughes in for 1 more batter. We would have been up by 2.5 with 7 to play instead we are up 1.5 and trying to come back from a big loss. Hope we get the good CC today.

  18. Shame Spencer September 26th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I take issue with categorizing any part of last night’s game with the words ‘Hughes fell apart.’

  19. TwinsOWNstankees September 26th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    HAHAHAAHAHAHAHA

    Told ya we were winning last night… Today we rub salt in the wound, take 2 of 3, and begin the stretch run collapse of the Stanks!!!

    Go Twins!!!!!

    On a side note, I do agree that your manager is a fool… Span hits lefties better than righties and Hughes is better against lefties than righties too… Hughes even has better numbers vs lefties than Boooooone does… Lol, I thought Dumbo Giardi was a by-the-books kinda guy. Guess not, sounds like he is just a complete moron!!!!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHA

  20. NYYROC September 26th, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Pitchers pitch themsleves into trouble, that’s baseball. But they can also pitch out of trouble. Hughes should’ve been given the chance to pitch out of it. If he had been struggling all game, walking people, getting hit hard that’s one thing. He cruised all game. Minny hardly hit a ball hard all night.
    Even in the 7th, after 2 on..nice pitch for a popup, weak Gb and a K. He was pitching out of it. He had handled Span, was pumped after the K. It was his game..let him finish it one way or the other.

  21. Shame Spencer September 26th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    And Logan has not been “money all year.” He has a 3.80+ ERA….. out of the pen, that’s not a great number.

  22. JM September 26th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Girardi’s reasoning is not very sound. So Span was 0-4 against Logan. He was 0-3 against Hughes in last night’s game…I would have stayed with Hughes for one more out.

    Ah well, turn the page. They play at 1:10 p.m. this afternoon so bounce back quick. I think I may be a bit distracted at work this afternoon. ;)

  23. blake September 26th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Joe didnt ask the binder…..the binder would have said either leave Hughes on or go to a righty.

    Girardi needs to either start using Rapada as his primary LOOGy or just stop being married to these matchups because both of them kinda stink.

    The bullpen worries me most heading into the playoffs…..its very top heavy right now…..t

  24. Doc Iac September 26th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    if we dont win with CC on the mound vs these twins, were in real trouble

  25. blake September 26th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I would have felt better had Hughes lost the game…..he pitched so well overall its just highly irritating when the bullpen blows it. Middle relievers are like field goal kickers…..when they cost you games you just feel cheated..

  26. Niblick September 26th, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Let’s face it: Binder Joe is an idiot.

  27. longtimefan September 26th, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Great way to build a young pitchers confidence. No matter which way Girardi tries to spin this it was a stupid move. Hughes has a lower era against lefties, Boone Logan is an average, overworked reliever, Spain hits leftie better than righties, he was 0 for 3 against Hughes. Phil looked really pissed in the dugout and who could blame him. Plus when Girardi decided to go to a lefty with 4 other lefties scheduled to bat, he didn’t get anyone else up until Logan had coughed up the lead, poor, poor game management, put this loss in the managers column and lets hope Girardi gets a better feel for the game instead of relying on “the binder”

  28. LGY September 26th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Maybe the binder says 0-14???

    Someone trying to sabotage Girardi? Boone adjusting the numbers in the binder so great gets to pitch everyday?

  29. blake September 26th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    “Great way to build a young pitchers confidence.”

    This is what irked me….they have wanted Hughes to develop into a trusted starter for year and then they dont trust him in that moment after hes basically dominated the game and has a sub 3 era over the last month or so….won numerous big games for them. That was Hughes game to win or lose after he got the 2nd out….if you want the kid to become something then you have to show faith in him……especially when your bullpen sucks anyway.

  30. blake September 26th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I have no tolerance for bad relief pitchers if you cant tell…..losing a game via middle relief suckiness is worse than any other loss IMO….

  31. Doc Iac September 26th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    blake September 26th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I have no tolerance for bad relief pitchers if you cant tell…..losing a game via middle relief suckiness is worse than any other loss IMO….

    there are not many great middle relivers, unfortantly thats what you have to deal with

  32. 86w183 September 26th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Does Cashman have to create some Logan rules to keep Girardi from using him eight days a week?

    That’s my problem with that pitching move. Girardi makes moves he CAN make rather moves he needs to make. Losing last night while resting Logan would have made more sense than bringing him in there and mandating the bullpen get another seven outs.

  33. 86w183 September 26th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    If they were great they wouldn’t be middle relievers in the first place.

  34. NYYROC September 26th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    86w…That should be Logan’s entrance song: The Beatles’ Eight Days a Week.

  35. NYYROC September 26th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Since I only really watch the NYY I wonder if all/ most mgrs adhere to “The Binder”? Seems like they are so married to stats they aren’t paying attention to the game unfolding in front of them..no feel for who is hot who is not. Stats provide good explanations in postgames.

  36. yankeefeminista September 26th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    “Boonie had had a ton of success against Span and it didn’t work.”

    Really? 0-4 is a ton of success???
    _____
    SMH. Girardi belongs in the SSS Hall of Fame.

  37. yankeefeminista September 26th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    “That was Hughes game to win or lose after he got the 2nd out….if you want the kid to become something then you have to show faith in him…”

    This infuriated me, and I was saying the same last night on here. You absolutely have to let Hughes face Span. Add in Hughes’ lefty splits and Logan’s propensity for flat sliders and even more reason to let Hughes finish.

    Same things the kids go through on the farm. Whenever they are in a critical situation in the latter innings, they usually get pulled. You need to let your pitchers face these kinds of challenges.

  38. Bo knows September 26th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I thought the below was significant

    Hat tip to Tom

    They had 10 2-0 counts during the game. Eventual outcomes – 2 walks, 1 hit, 7 outs; they swung at the 2-0 pitch 8 of 10 times. 2-0 should be a count where you are selective and hammering a specific pitch or a specific location, not swing at anything close. This is part of the reason why I think they struggle with RISP in general, when they do get ahead they seem to get ultra aggressive when they should be getting ultra selective

    http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....ins-76531/

  39. 86w183 September 26th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Bo knows —

    Good point. I’ve said numerous times that the biggest problem the Yanks have offensively is that this team chases more bad pitches than any Yankees team I can remember.

    Last night was pretty typical in that regard.

    A-Rod, Cano and Granderson are the biggest culprits.

  40. bruceb September 26th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Right now, if Girardi has a chance of letting his starter go a full seven innings he should run with it. I don’t want to see anyone other than Robertson or Soriano pitching in close games. The rest of the pen is a complete disaster and has been virtually the entire second half of the season. I watch other teams bring in flame-throwers to nail down a 3-1 lead but all our guys seem to be throwing are meatballs.

  41. yankeefeminista September 26th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Bo, the aggressive swinging has been a caveat for a couple of years now. Killed us in last year’s playoff.

  42. blake September 26th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    “there are not many great middle relivers, unfortantly thats what you have to deal with”

    Oh I know that ….and there are some games youll just have to chalk up to that when you lose…..I just dont like it

  43. jacksquat September 26th, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Problem with Girardi is he puts too much emphasis very small sample sizes, namely individual matchup history.

    Saying that 0-4 is a “ton of success” really makes me worry, and that’s not the first time or even the first season he has said such a thing.

  44. blake September 26th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    “Good point. I’ve said numerous times that the biggest problem the Yanks have offensively is that this team chases more bad pitches than any Yankees team I can remember.”

    Its cause they have a bunch of groove swingers who have to cheat to get to good fastballs…..
    I dont know what Granderson’s deal is but he just wont let thr ball travel….the sad part is that he has quick enough hands to be better than he is….we saw it last year…..

  45. yankeefeminista September 26th, 2012 at 10:13 am

    “Saying that 0-4 is a “ton of success” really makes me worry, and that’s not the first time or even the first season he has said such a thing.”

    Unfortunately, it’s always been Joe’s modus operandi.

  46. ricardo1020 September 26th, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Clueless Joe strikes again and let’s the O’s off the hook! Missed a golden opportunity to go up 3 in the loss column. What a maroon!

    http://mikeresponts.files.word.....essjoe.jpg

  47. bruceb September 26th, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Well, the good news folks is that at least there will be no monkey business this afternoon. CC will go eight (God willing) and Baboone Logan will remain in the cage.

  48. RMS September 26th, 2012 at 10:19 am

    “Saying that 0-4 is a “ton of success” really makes me worry, and that’s not the first time or even the first season he has said such a thing.”

    Unfortunately, it’s always been Joe’s modus operandi.

    ——————————————————————————————————–
    Not a smart way to operate.

  49. blake September 26th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    On a different note…..if the Twins ever wanted to get out from under Mauer’s contract Id sure like to have him….he can flat out hit…Id love to have him catch about 80 or 90 …DH a few….play 1B a few….maybe play RF a few….then take over for Tex at 1B when his contract is up. Mauer’s swing and approach should age very well and hes the exact sort of hitter the Yanks desperately need.

  50. TwinsOWNstankees September 26th, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I hope you guys don’t cry too much today after Deduno shuts you down.

    CC will be in the clubhouse eating Doughnuts by the 5th after we give him a nice Midwestern style thrashing.

    Go Twins Go!!!

  51. CountryClub September 26th, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Chad titled his Hughes section “Hughes falling apart”. That’s ridiculous. A single, a walk, a pop up, an infield hit and a K is falling apart? I understand that some people are gun shy when it comes to Hughes. He does seem to lose it all at once. However, there was no indication of that last night. His stuff was still good when he got pulled.

    Add to that Span being 0-3 and Hughes being very good vs lefties, and I didnt like the move at all.

    All that sida, it’s still up to Logan to do the job and he obviously didnt come through.

  52. TwinsOWNstankees September 26th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    On a side note, I took off work today and will be attending the series finale… I bet I saw more Stankee games in person than most of you bandwagoners have seen all season.

    Go Twins!!!

  53. Doc Iac September 26th, 2012 at 10:31 am

    TwinsOWNstankees September 26th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    On a side note, I took off work today and will be attending the series finale… I bet I saw more Stankee games in person than most of you bandwagoners have seen all season.

    Go Twins!!!

    i bet I saw ur wife naked more this week than u did all year

  54. Bo knows September 26th, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Its cause they have a bunch of groove swingers who have to cheat to get to good fastballs…..
    I dont know what Granderson’s deal is but he just wont let thr ball travel….the sad part is that he has quick enough hands to be better than he is….we saw it last year…..

    ——————
    Blake always says it better than I do.

    What drives me crazy, is it’s the same swing, no matter the count or the situation. I’d say it was Long but his star pupil doesn’t do it.

    You could see it yesterday – Cano going “My average going down, okay, I’ll hit a few singles today.”

  55. blake September 26th, 2012 at 10:38 am

    “Chad titled his Hughes section “Hughes falling apart”. That’s ridiculous.”

    I agree….he didnt fall apart at all….one legit hit….a hard fought walk……..and an infield single…..he also got a pop up and a K and could have been on his way to pitching out of it…..he just wasnt given the chance.

  56. Bo knows September 26th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Clueless Joe strikes again and let’s the O’s off the hook! Missed a golden opportunity to go up 3 in the loss column. What a maroon!

    ———
    Well, I hated your comment but you get points for being a Bugs Bunny devotee.

    The “What a maroon” kills me every time.

  57. 86w183 September 26th, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Mauer is a great hitter and in Yankee Stadium he would definitely be a 15-25 HR guy and maybe more.

    I think the Twins would like out from under the contract, but that would be really bad P.R. for them. andit owuld make getting to $ 189 M that much harder.

    they have $ 68 M in obligations for 2013 and a third of it goes to Mauer.

    I’m guessing the price would be Nova, Sanchez, Nunez plus a young OF and second arm.

  58. 86w183 September 26th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    The worst thing a manager can do to a starting pitcher is take him out of a game where he has the lead but could end up being the losing pitcher…. and have it happen.

    Hughes isn’t sending Girardi flowers this morning

  59. blake September 26th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    “What drives me crazy, is it’s the same swing, no matter the count or the situation. I’d say it was Long but his star pupil doesn’t do it.”

    Its all over baseball right now…..its a trend in how hitting is taught from little league on up IMO. Scouts look for power….they look for guys that can hit the ball out of the ballpark and more and more kids are looking to do that every pitch ….strike outs dont matter (its just another out)….

    The art of hitting is being lost in favor of trying to.damage a mistake….its led to a bunch of guys who can hit the ball out of the park but rely way too much on pithers making mistakes…

    Its really boring watching all the Ks and unproductive outs between occasional homers….and thats throughout the game right now not just the Yankees.

  60. disco stu September 26th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    “On a side note, I took off work today and will be attending the series finale… I bet I saw more Stankee games in person than most of you bandwagoners have seen all season.

    Go Twins!!!”

    Nice … la dolce vita

    I, for one, take great comfort in knowing that one person (being yourself) can find so much joy at the expense of others … as long as you are happy, I am happy.

    Your joy, is my joy … your cradle of comfort is what makes getting up in the morning have so much meaning.

    Enjoy the game … by all means … GO!!!!!

  61. blake September 26th, 2012 at 10:46 am

    “Hughes isn’t sending Girardi flowers this morning”

    He was.pissed and I dont blame him…..

  62. mick September 26th, 2012 at 10:46 am

    All who think Joe went with the binder last night are mistaken. Span being 0-4 was his coverup.
    He went with his gut.
    He had no faith in Phil and yanked him.
    He is proctorizing Logan and should have went with Rapada, if he really felt Phil had enough.

  63. yankee21 September 26th, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I am never going to be mistaken for a believer in Joe G, but to put the blame on him for last night’s debacle is misguided IMO.

    The blame rests squarely on Boone for not getting the job done and especially on the offense for only scoring two runs vs an incredibly mediocre SP.

    Aside to Bo… I believe the issue with Grandy may be as simple as vision, when he swings and misses it isn’t even close, he misses by a foot. He seems to be unable to pick up the spin and the plane of the pitch.. He is a big problem but then again so are a multitude of other hitters on this team.

  64. blake September 26th, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I would love it if hitters got back to being embarrassed by striking out 100 times…….

  65. yankee21 September 26th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    If MIN had any SP they would have won the division. They can hit.

    I would take Mauer in a NY minute. I would be shocked though if MIN would trade him to a hated team like the Yankees. MIN fans would blow up. It ain’t happening.

    .420 OBP, .325 hitter, finish the year around 90 RBI with only 10+ HR,,, what a ball player.

  66. 86w183 September 26th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I would love it if hitters got back to being embarrassed by striking out 100 times…

    *****************************************************************

    Amen brother!

    It would be even better if MLB contracts could add incentives for not striking out.

  67. Andymelillo September 26th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Arod why do we have to put up with over price crap If Arod was a man give back the money he rob from the yankees he was under the influence of steroids when he sign that contract.2009 means nothing he was juicing.

  68. Andymelillo September 26th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    This team needs a new philosophy. Hitting coach.Kevin long screwed Texiera swing an granderson an canoe pretty much the whole team.upper cut hard every pitch

  69. Shame Spencer September 26th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I realize all is said and done but are there any willing to defend bringing in Logan last night based on 4 at bats?

    It’s sad. Almost as sad as knowing the game is over when we only need two runs and have six outs to make that happen. 0-56 :/

  70. mick September 26th, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Rapada is better against leftys than Logan .

  71. DONNYBROOK September 26th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    - THE YANKEEES WILL MAKE IT TO THE WORLD SERIES IF -

    (1) TEX returns and solidifies the middle of the Yankee batting order. A-Rod is NO longer capable of carrying an offense. This aint “09″.

    (2) CC pitches like an Ace is supposed to. Should he reprise his playoff performances vs Detroit in “11″, ALL will surely be lost.

    (3) Girardi goes Helen Keller. A Good manager has a “Feel” for what is unfolding in front of him. He does NOT rely on Binders, Bedknobs, or Broomsticks.

  72. mick September 26th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    crazy lineup but i kinda like it…

  73. mick September 26th, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Today’s lineup: ichiro 9 jeter 6 cano 4 swisher 3 granderson 8 Chavez 5 ibanez dh stewart 2 Dickerson 7

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